The Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures is a planning instrument for research infrastructures. The report is updated by SERI every four years in preparation for the ERI (Education, Research and Innovation) Dispatch. It gives an overview of future needs and likely developments in different areas of research. The 2019 Roadmap will therefore serve as a basis for the 2021–2024 ERI Dispatch.
National Research Infrastructures
The new national infrastructure projects included in the 2019 Roadmap were identified in a multi-stage process. Firstly, universities and the institutions of the ETH Domain proposed research infrastructure projects as part of a survey run by the ETH Board and swissuniversities. The Swiss National Science Foundation then evaluated the scientific value of the projects to determine which ones should be prioritised. Finally, the ETH Board and swissuniversities evaluated projects prioritised with regard to financing and implementation.
International research infrastructures
The Swiss National Science Foundation analysed the importance of Swiss participation in the infrastructures included in the European Roadmap (ESFRI), also with the aim of setting priorities for future Swiss investments.
On 17 April 2019, the Federal Council acknowledged the 2019 Roadmap for Research Infrastructures. The financial decisions of relevance to the Confederation will be taken in the framework of the ERI Dispatch for 2021–2024.
Work has already started on the 2023 Roadmap, notably via the mandate given by SERI to the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), which consists of developing individual roadmaps for specific scientific domains. The general procedure for Roadmap 2023 will be identical to the procedure for Roadmap 2019. The selection will be carried out in three phases, only new infrastructures or substantial upgrades will be considered, and responsibility for financing the infrastructures proposed by the universities will rest with them. However, SERI has proposed a number of adjustments to optimise the process and these are currently under consultation until the end of June 2020. The process and the timeline will be defined in the second half of 2020 in cooperation with partners (Swiss National Science Foundation, swissuniversities, SCNAT and the ETH Board). The selection of project proposals by universities and the ETH Domain will commence in 2021 (phase 1) and continue in 2022 (phases 2 et 3) concluding in the spring of 2023 with the publication of the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2023.